There seems to be a change in the population and attitude of the alligators. The main photograph here is for perspective, to try and show how large a few of these have become.
Usually the larger ones are not in the back swamp, they stay up in deep water at the lake here. While crossing the small bridge in the back we spotted this large one.
More interesting was that he came over near the bridge to see us also. That’s when we took the shot with the lens in the fore ground.
We stayed on our side of the bridge, it’s not very big or high above the water. However there are plenty of 2×4 boards along the bottom to prevent either of us (alligator or us) from meeting up.
That said there was no way we were crossing until he was gone. He slipped under but that doesn’t count. We waited until he came back up at a distance.
In a few minutes we realized there were 2 large ones in the same area. One around 8 feet, the other maybe 10 or 11 feet.
Now it got interesting, but no photos could be taken. Since the swamp is shrinking due to the end of summer so is the food supply. A fight soon began, under water of course (no shots!!). Lots of splashing and loud sounds.
I walked along a high berm but the smaller alligator managed to climb up and hide on a small island. Never did get an open position for photos.
Both these animals will soon return to the deeper water. At this point the back swamp looks to be down around 2 feet. The resident 5 foot guy who is in hiding in the reeds will be able to come out again.